Walking benefits patients with advanced cancer

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Walking and cancer treatment

Researchers have found that the quality of life in patients suffering from advanced cancer is improved with walking.

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Advanced cancer can be a very painful and debilitating condition. It appears walking can improve the quality of life in these patients.

There can be a significant benefit for the quality of life for patients suffering from advanced cancer from walking

Researchers say that there can be a significant benefit for the quality of life for patients suffering from advanced cancer from walking for just 30 minutes several times a week. Researchers from the University of Surrey and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College London worked together to investigate the impact which walking had on the quality of life and severity of symptoms in patients suffering from advanced cancer.

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The researchers found that patients who were encouraged to walk least 30 minutes every other day and to take part in a volunteer-led group walk every week reported improved physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Many of these patients shared that walking helped to nurture an improved positive attitude in dealing with their illness. They also often talked about the social benefits of taking part in group walks.

Exercise is important in preventing the recurrence of cancer and in helping to manage other chronic illnesses

Professor Emma Ream, who was co-author of the paper and Professor of Supportive Cancer Care and Director of Research in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, has said that it has been becoming clear how important exercise is in preventing the recurrence of cancer and in helping to manage other chronic illnesses. This study shows that walking is very beneficial for people suffering from advanced cancer and that they value this activity.

This study has been published in the journal BMJ Open. As an adaptable and easily accessible low cost form of physical activity walking holds great promise for helping people with advanced cancer cope better with their condition. Walking was popular among cancer patients and benefited their overall well-being. It appears whenever possible people suffering from advanced cancer should be encouraged to be more active to help improve their quality of life.

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